REVIEW SUMMARY: Fun story, but lacks any real science.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The Flintstones and the Rubbles travel to different points in their future (our past).
PROS: Great premise; likable characters; educational.
CONS: No explanation of how the time machine worked; lack of paradoxes left me feeling cheated.
BOTTOM LINE: An enjoyable, humorous SF yarn for kids of all ages.
Time Travellers is the 7th book in the Buzz Book Series.
When the Flintstones and The Rubbles visit the Bedrock Fair, the man from the House of Tomorrow asks them if they would like to travel to the future. Thinking this is just another attraction, the gang leaves Pebbles and Bamm Bamm with an Octopus babysitter and travel to the future. They go to Rome, visit Columbus on his “future historic” journey to the new world, and visit the Bedrock of the far future. They are chased by the police for trying to buy Brontosaurus burgers with rocks and escape back to the past in the time machine.
From an non-genre perspective, this was a very entertaining book. Jenner does a great job at capturing the personalities of Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty, which was quite a feat in Betty’s case since she had no dialog. Fred goes through half the book thinking that everything is all part of the show. That is, until he is in Rome and, in one hilarious scene, gets bitten on the butt by a lionasaur. What a wake-up call! On Columbus’ ship, they are accused of being stowaways and must swab the deck. In a barb pointed at our own history, it is Wilma who actually discovers America, clearly a symbol of advances in women’s independence since the Prehistoric era.
The story was marred a bit by it’s lack of any really in-depth scientific explanation. Especially around the theories of time travel. How does the carney’s time machine work? What powers his wondrous device? And what about paradoxes? What happens if Fred travels to the future and is killed by his own many-times-great grandchild? Will the murderer cease to exist? None of these topics are touched upon in any way, leaving the reader feeling a bit cheated for the price of admission.
Still, for light SF fare, you can’t go wrong with Time Travellers. In the end, it’s an entertaining trip through the ages and educates the reader about history.